Maui Community College Course Outline 1. Alpha and Number: DRAM 221 Course Title: Beginning Acting I Credits: 3 Date of Outline: February 24, 2004 2. Course Description: Provides individual exercises and group rehearsals of beginning acting. Emphasizes voice, movement, and relaxation. Students must perform in direction of class scenes. 3. Contact Hours/Type: 2 hour/lecture-lab 4. Prerequisites: Corequisites: Recommended Preparation: Approved by Date 5. General Course Objectives: Students will select, rehearse and present scenarios, monologues, brief scenes, and structured improvisations for performance. They will work both individually and collaboratively, rehearsing various performance pieces. They will analyze and critique professional/amateur-acting performances from the stage and screen. 6. Student Learning Outcomes: For assessment purposes, these are linked to #7, Recommended Course Content On successful completion of this course, students will be able to: a. perform, clear, well-rehearsed scenes, monologues, scenarios and structured improvisations, utilizing skills and techniques learned in class; b. demonstrate knowledge of the craft of acting and the requirements for a successful performance; c. gather information from various sources, including, scripts, texts, videos and other electronic media; use it to formulate, create and present polished stage performances; d. work collaboratively on projects, presentations and performances, both written and oral; e. analyze individual scripts and identify given circumstances provided by the playwright. 7. Recommended Course Content and Approximate Time Spent on Each Topic: Linked to #6, Student Learning Outcomes 1 week: Discussion of theatre/acting terminology (b, d) 2-3 weeks: Analysis of various acting approaches (b, c, e) 2-3 weeks: Selection and rehearsal of monologues (c, e) 3-4 weeks: Selection, rehearsal and performance of scenes (d, e) 1-2 weeks: Participation in improvised scenes (d) 2-3 weeks: Preparation, rehearsal and performance for final presentation (a, c, e) 8. Text and Materials, Reference Materials, Auxiliary Materials and Content: Appropriate text(s) and materials will be chosen at the time the course is offered from those currently available in the field. Examples include: Text: Acting by Robert Cohen Materials: Articles Scripts Handouts Other relevant materials provided by the instructor Others: Videotapes Audiotapes Guest speakers Field trips to local theaters Internet sites 9. Recommended Course Requirements and Evaluation: Specific course requirements are at the discretion of the instructor at the time the course is being offered. Suggested requirements might include, but are not limited to, the following: 10-20% In-class improvisations 20-30% Monologue performances 25-35% Scene performances 20-25% Homework assignments 10-20% Quizzes 20-30% Attendance & participation 10. Methods of Instruction: Instructional methods will vary considerably with instructors. Specific methods will be at the discretion of the instructor teaching the course and might include, but are not limited to: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. instructor lectures; guest lecturers; class discussions; video presentations/computer presentations; video performances/live performances; student performances, individual and group; student presentations, individual and group; service learning, collaborative learning, and experiential learning.